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#1 Peso de la mujer Division

#6 PFP

Activo

"Cookie Monster"

Carla Esparza

Peso de la mujer Division

20-7-0 (W-L-D)

4

Wins by Knockout

4

Wins by Submission

Carla Esparza

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Learn more about Carla Esparza's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Status
Activo
Hometown
Los Angeles, Estados Unidos
Trains at
Team Oyama - Irvine, CA
Age
35
Height
61.00
Weight
114.80
Octagon Debut
Dec. 12, 2014
Reach
63.00
Leg reach
35.00
  • Team Pettis on TUF 20
     
  • Pro since 2010
     
  • Has won 15 of her last 20
     
  • Four wins by KO, four by submission (4 RNC)
     
  • Three first round finishes
     
  • Owns victories over Nina Ansaroff, Felice Herrig, and Bec Rawlings

UFC 281 (11/12/22) Esparza was submitted by Zhang Weili via rear-naked choke at 1:05 of the second round, losing the UFC strawweight title 

UFC 274 (5/7/22) Esparza won a five round split decision over Rose Namajunas to win the UFC strawweight title

UFC Fight Night (5/22/21) Esparza stopped Yan Xiaonan via strikes at 2:58 of the second round

UFC on ESPN (7/26/20) Esparza won a three round split decision over Marina Rodriguez

UFC 249 (5/9/20) Esparza won a three round split decision over Michelle Waterson

UFC Fight Night (9/21/19) Esparza won a three round majority decision over Alexa Grasso

UFC Fight Night (4/27/19) Esparza won a three round unanimous decision over Virna Jandiroba

UFC 228 (9/8/18) Esparza was stopped by Tatiana Suarez via strikes at 4:33 of the third round

UFC 225 (6/9/18) Esparza lost a three round split decision to Claudia Gadelha

UFC 219 (12/30/17) Esparza won a three round unanimous decision over Cynthia Calvillo

UFC Fight Night (6/25/17) Esparza won a three round unanimous decision over Maryna Moroz

UFC Fight Night (2/19/17) Esparza lost a three round split decision to Randa Markos

UFC 197 (4/23/16) Esparza won a three round unanimous decision over Juliana Lima

UFC 185 (3/14/15) Esparza was stopped by Joanna Jedrzejczyk via strikes at 4:17 of the second round, losing her UFC women’s strawweight title

TUF 20 Finale (12/12/14) Esparza submitted Rose Namajunas via rear naked choke at 1:26 of the third round to win the UFC women’s strawweight title

 

The Ultimate Fighter, Season 20

On episode 12 (semifinals), Esparza won a three round unanimous decision over Jessica Penne

On episode 11 (quarterfinals), Esparza won a two round decision over Tecia Torres

On episode four, Esparza submitted Angela Hill via rear naked choke at 3:41 of the first round

When and why did you start training for fighting? In between wrestling seasons I started training jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai which I loved, then when I found out about MMA. It just made sense for me.

What ranks and titles have you held? First Invicta FC strawweight champ, former UFC women’s strawweight champion, TUF 20 winner

Do you have any heroes? My college wrestling coach and 2x Olympian Lee Allen (RIP).

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting for the UFC is a dream come true. I never thought it would be a possibility for women at all.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I went to college and wrestled for four years, earning a degree in business with a concentration in sports management.

What was your job before you started fighting? I finished my college degree and went straight to fighting and personal training.

Favorite grappling technique: RNC

Favorite Striking technique: Flying elbow